This morning I when I went to write my morning intention, the word peace was the first one that came to mind. Today I want to send a feeling of peace to all the people I see, talk to, and the bigger world. Peace is a feeling of calmness, even with storms around. When I am peaceful, I am able to see things clearly. I seem to be able to accept the realities of life easier.
My inner peace needs strengthening. The stressful situation of suddenly being responsible for caring for my mother, put me in a highly anxious state, which was not helpful. It made it harder for me, Mr. UT, as well as my mom. She is getting settled into her new assisted living apartment, but my anxiety remains, thankfully, not as intense as it was.
What I find helps me the most is walking outside. No matter how anxious I am, if I go for a walk, I feel more at peace. Being outside and observing the natural world, helps bring my attention to the wider world, and a sense of wonder. Often, when Mr. UT and I walk, we can solve problems, think of ideas, and come up with possible solutions to situations.
Acceptance brings me peace. No matter what the situation, the only way for me to stay calm and peaceful is by starting where I am, or the situation is at this moment. I tend to think of all the possible things that can go wrong, then try to solve them, even though they haven’t happened! That’s rather hard to do! Planning ahead is good, of course, but it is a gift to plan for the future, but not live there.
I forget that writing brings me peace. It helps me clarify my thoughts, and let them go. Like setting them free! They like that! No more living in my head, they escape to look around! I never know what comes out of it, like today, a poem came out of my fingers!
Stepping into the forest,
There is wonder and dread,
Together, wrapped in muted shadows,
Inticing me ahead.
The trees hold their beauty,
Each path holds new delights,
Yet, the wrong step, or a fearless creature,
Might send me into flight.
I cannot stop the going,
It’s something I must do,
To feel my quickened breathing,
Gives life and feelings anew.
With Walks and Coffee Galore,
On Day 2296,